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If your company was not incorporated in Illinois, but you wish to do business there, you need to register as a foreign entity with the state.
Known as Foreign Qualification, this process allows a company incorporated in Delaware or any other state to legally transact business in Illinois.
Please note: information on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, requirements and costs can be changed by states at any time and Harvard Business Services cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.
The Illinois Secretary of State requires different forms and fees depending on what type of entity you are operating.
Requirements for LLCs:
Requirements for Corporations:
You must also appoint and list a Illinois Registered Agent. The Registered Agent must be maintained at all times. Harvard Business Services can provide this service at a cost of just $99/year.
Harvard Business Services can assist with your application so you don’t have to deal with the Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department directly. We do charge our own fee for this service, in addition to state fees. The exact fee can vary based upon whether your company is already filed and whether you need us to obtain additional documents to meet the state’s requirements. Please contact us for an exact quote.
The most common reasons to apply for Certificate of Authority if you plan to:
Keep in mind that even if the State of Illinois does not require a Certificate of Authority for a specific activity, a bank, vendor or another party can still require one in order to establish a relationship.
Once you have Foreign Qualification in Illinois, the State of Illinois requires all LLCs, Corporations (for-profit and non-profit), and LPs to submit an annual report. These reports must be submitted to the Illinois Secretary of State each year on the 1st of the month of your anniversary date of when you started your business in Illinois. (Example - If you started your business November 15th, you will have to file an annual report on or before November 1st.)
The fee for LLCs is $250.
The fee for a Corporations: $25 along with a minimum franchise tax of $25.
The fee for an LP is $100.
There is no fee for an LLP.
All annual reports can be filed online or through paper form. Click here to learn more about Illinois Annual Reports.
Please note that this annual requirement is independent from requirements you may have in Delaware or other states.
Harvard can provide assistance throughout the life of your company. These custom services are the most popular with our clients: